Trump supporters complain a lot about “fake news” and the “mainstream media”, but they certainly have their own set of alternative facts. From Pizzagate to Clinton’s emails, to Trump as the Evangelical Savior, they can create a narrative to fit their needs in ways we cannot begin to wrap our heads around. Every week brings a new set of WTF for us to screw up our faces at. This week is no different from any other in that respect.
First, even though Donald Trump Jr. openly admitted to meeting with a Russian lawyer, less than half of Trump supporters believe he actually did.
The latest survey from Public Policy Polling finds that only 45 percent of Trump voters believe Trump Jr. attended a meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. Trump has said he agreed to the June rendezvous at Trump Tower under a promise of dirt on President Donald Trump opponent Hillary Clinton – a claim that has drawn great public interest but has been largely downplayed by the White House and the president. (AOL)
Apparently he really could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot someone. They would not believe he had done it, even with camera footage.
Next, close to half of Republicans believe Donald Trump actually won the popular vote in the election, despite the fact that Hillary Clinton won by almost 2.9 million more votes. Some of them still believe there were anywhere from three to five million illegal votes cast, coincidentally all for Clinton.
The Politico/Morning Consult poll found that 47% of Republicans and 49% of Trump voters believe the president earned more individual votes than Clinton did. Forty percent of Trump voters said that Clinton won that count. (BI)
Finally, a survey by Pew of Americans from both parties showed ten percent believe Sean Spicer, the former White House Press Secretary, is leading the Justice Department’s investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 election.
RANDOMIZE QUESTIONS PEW.1 THROUGH PEW.11
PEW.4 Who is leading the Justice Department’s investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016
election? [READ AND RANDOMIZE]
19 James Comey
10 Sean Spicer
3 Sally Yates
47 Robert Mueller (Correct)
22 Don’t know/Refused (VOL.) (Pew)
It should come as no surprise, then, that education was the primary factor in determining who voted for Trump. According to 538, Clinton actually improved on Obama’s performance in the fifty most educated counties, but Trump decimated her in the fifty least educated. Trump voters are unable or unwilling to separate fact from fiction, instead happily complacent with whatever alternative media feeds them. Including Trump himself. They are easily manipulated, ready to believe whatever fits into their comfort zone. Trump has figured out how to take advantage of that, and he is doing a damn good job of it.